Logistics Emergency Teams: strengthening the humanitarian partnership to meet present and future needs

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Set in motion by the World Economic Forum in 2005, the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET) partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and some of the largest global logistics and transportation companies was developed to improve the humanitarian response to emergencies.

Through the WFP-led Logistics Cluster, the LET has provided support to emergency response including the 2007 earthquake in Indonesia, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in 2016, and Peru landslides in 2017. Following each crisis, the LET demonstrated its dynamism and flexibility by adapting response efforts to specific needs.

LET member companies deployed teams of logistics experts and provided assets and equipment to support the operational capacity on the ground. The LET has also conducted Logistics Capacity Assessments (LCAs) of high-risk areas, providing valuable information to the wider humanitarian community.

Last year, the original members, Agility, A.P. Moeller Maersk, and UPS welcomed global trade enabler, DP World, into the LET, enlarging the network of the partnership and strengthening its capacity.

With the partnership’s expansion, member organisations continue to adapt their support to align with the current humanitarian needs. As the Logistics Cluster is increasingly called to respond to complex emergencies and to support national disaster preparedness efforts, the LET has decided to continue to grow its relationship alongside the cluster, expanding the scope of the partnership.

Members are aligned and under the specific provisions of their partnership agreements, they are ready to expand their support to the Logistics Cluster to natural disaster preparedness and to complex emergencies.